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Thursday, 24 December 2015 00:00

Paul Behrends, Ellie Lee, Emily Day and Cameo Rector received Outstanding Actor/Actress awards following Wauneta-Palisade’s State One-Act Play Production of “A Canterbury Tale from the Wife of Bath.” (DeAnn Davis | Johnson Publications)

 

By Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze


Despite not have many performances leading into this year’s district One-Ace Play Production, the Wauneta-Palisade performance of “A Canterbury Tale from the Wife of Bath” earned a trip to State One-Act Play Production

Poor weather led to the cancellation of the Gothenburg One-Act Festival and RPAC One-Act.

The cast performed Nov. 24 at Night of the Arts, before heading to Districts Dec. 2 in North Platte.

Director Joy Farr, in her first year at WP, says the shortened season goes to show how talented the WP students were.

The group thought it had placed second at the D2-5 district, losing a tie-breaker to Thedford’s production of “Monster Soup.”

Each team finished with a rank of six and Thedford was awarded the win.

The following morning Farr was notified of the correction.

“Getting the news that we were actually the District champs was surreal,” Farr said.

Although she had hopes a mistake had been made, “reality just doesn’t typically work that way.”

Farr received an email the next morning informing her of the error.

After rereading the message she hurried to share the news with as many students as possible.

“We were thrilled for the opportunity to compete at State, but we did feel bad for the runners-up,” Farr said. “It must have been heartbreaking to be stripped of the title.”
The unexpected win set up a busy week for the group.

Many One-Act members participate on the WP basketball teams. Those teams were taking part in the Cattle Trail Invitational in McCook on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

State One-Act was Wednesday, Dec. 9. Following games Tuesday, everyone loaded up and head to York to spend the night before performing in Norfolk late Wednesday afternoon.

“Getting ready for the trip was easier than I thought it would be, but that is mostly because of the tremendous support I have from the staff at the school,” Farr said. “I felt like I had a team behind me, and no stone was left un-turned.”

Superintendent Randy Geier set up a morning practice at Centennial Public School in Utica.

Sunni Nordhausen and Marj Rundback lined up meal money and hotel rooms.

Leslie Lee and Elementary Principal Roger Reikofski took care of driving.

Shirts and snacks were donated by Bronco Boosters.

Farr said co-director Aaron Behrends was an invaluable resource, taking care of so much of the logistical elements of traveling with the set, unloading, and setting up.

WP finished in sixth place at State.

“I was incredibly proud of the way the kids performed in Norfolk; they each stepped up to deliver their best, and we learned a lot from the experience,” said Farr. “The other plays at State were fantastic; it was interesting to see how other schools conducted themselves and what they brought to the stage.”

Paul Behrends, Ellie Lee, Cameo Rector and Emily Day were presented Outstanding Actor/Actress awards.
Leigh’s performance of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)” finished first on each judges score card.

“Our kids took it all in, and they are already eagerly planning ahead for next year in hopes of returning.” Farr said, adding, “My desk is covered in scripts.”